Myanmar to export a million tonnes of melons to China
MYANMAR will export nearly one million tonnes of watermelons and muskmelons to China this year, said Minister of Commerce U Than Myint.
He said this during a China –Myanmar meeting held on Monday regarding the re-opening of the Kyin San Kyawt border gate in Shan State, which has been closed since December 27 to reduce traffic congestion.
The closure has disrupted trade between the two countries.
U Than Myint said watermelon and muskmelon exports to china have increased by about 100,000 tonnes over the past few years. He added that last year the government exported watermelon and muskmelon to China totalling about 800,000 tonnes.
He said both China and Myanmar are exploring ways of reopening the Kyin San Kyawt gate which has been closed due to perennial traffic confestion on the China side.
“We want to know how we can export (watermelons and muskmelons) without any difficulties,” he said.
As there has been no systematic traffic management of trucks travelling between the two countries by the Yunnan Province government, the truckers are having difficulties going in and out.
He added that aside from watermelons and muskmelons, rice and cattle also pass through Kyin San Kyawt.
U Than Myint assured that the closure of the gate will be temporary and is due efforts to resolve administrative issues and a lack of permanent staff. He said he hoped that once the gate reopens trade between the two countries in the border gate will increase. – Pyae Thet Phyo
A fruit vendor sorts watermelon at a wholesale market in Yangon on April 28, 2015.